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Instructor, English as a Second Language, Continuing Education

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Job ID: 15589

Updated: July 2, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

University of Calgary Continuing Education (UCCE) houses one of Canada's largest and most successful continuing education departments. It is a multi-disciplinary unit offering diploma, certificate and non-degree programs in the classroom and online through technologies for course delivery.

In support of the University of Calgary's core principles and financial objectives, Continuing Education is an academic unit with a mandate to respond to the needs of the local and international community through the design, development and delivery of high-quality lifelong learning opportunities.

Each year, the English Language Program serves over 700 adult international and domestic English learners. It is expected to fund, through revenue generation, its operational costs while contributing financially to the university.

The success of the English Language Program in meeting its business target in a competitive environment is dependent upon effectively serving English Language learners and by providing high-quality instruction and programs.

Position Description

The English Language Program is looking for qualified ESL instructors to teach in the Summer Intensive Immersion Program.

These instructional positions are non-credit teaching appointments and, as such, are contract positions without benefits (other than those required by Employment Standards).

Course details:

  • ESL 101 –Summer II Intensive Immersion Course. Classroom Delivery

July 30 – August 31, Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 12:00, Monday to Thursday 1:30 -3:30.

Main campus

Course Description:

The Summer Intensive Immersion Program includes the following courses:

General ESL:  A communicative general English course. Includes a review of grammar principles and the introduction of thematic vocabulary but will focus mainly on the skills of speaking and listening.

Literature Circle: This class aims to develop students’ proficiency at integrating critical thinking skills, reading tasks, writing tasks and vocabulary development. A “Literature Circle” is a structure for talking about a book with peers as the book is read together.

Pronunciation: Basic pronunciation support focusing on English vowel sounds, consonant sounds, syllable stress, word stress, contractions, rhythm and intonation.

Vocabulary and Idioms: In this class, students will take a communicative approach to learning vocabulary.  Students will study new vocabulary in context, as well as learn a variety of natural English expressions to be used in conversation.

Scope of Responsibilities (high level)

  • Delivery through communicative teaching methodology
  • High reliance on cooperative learning activities
  • Create effective lessons plans, develop content, learning activities, presentations, assignments, evaluations, examinations.


  • A university degree and a minimum TSL Canada Level 1 Certificate
  • A TSL Canada Level 2 or 3 Certificate is desirable.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience teaching adult English Learners is essential; post-secondary teaching experience is preferred.
  • Cultural competent and sensitive to the needs of second language learners and international students.
  • Proficient in the use of email, MS Word, and MS Excel.


English Language Program instructors are remunerated at $42 per contact hour.

The application deadline is July 1, 2018.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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